we’re down now
but we’ll get up.
Hey, let’s face it
we’ve been
down before.
Not the first time.
Probably not the last.
You don’t become
a Lib Dem
because you
lust LOVE power,
long to clasp it
sweatily to you
knuckles sprung tensed.
Really no.
If you just
want to be
any career politician
all face shone
power-pull suit
gleam tight smile
poised and posed
for Downing Street
and ministry wheels
ready for
that fat
expense account,
then Lib Dems
probably ain’t for you.
Try Cameron’s lot
or Corb…
or there again,
the person
who comes after
Corbyn’s lot.
But if you
want to fight
(and it is a fight)
for decent
liberal policies
in a decent
liberal UK,
Lib Dems
live them
And a golden vision’s
worth more than
mere metal.

* Stuart Laycock joined the SDP branch at his university in the early 1980s and joined the Lib Dems in the 1990s. He is a writer, historian (author of All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded) and poet (author of Zone, based on his experiences doing aid work in Bosnia during the war there).

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